Accessories reviews balance between a spectrum of products from computer cases to video surveillance cameras and even to accessories that enable users to squeeze more storage into smaller footprints. Accessories reviews form a large catch-all to compile all of the tech extras that users require, but that don't quite fit into our other categories of SSDs, HDDs, SOHO NAS and the like.
by Lyle Smith

Icy Dock MB153SP-B SATA Internal RAID Backplane Released

Icy Dock has announced the MB153SP-B, a 3-in-2 SATA internal RAID backplane for 3.5" SATA hard drives. The MB153SP-B is the lite version of the MB45X series, removing the monitoring features and reducing the overall cost, but keeping the 3 year warranty and core tray system for hot swapping and maintenance.

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by Josh Linden

Icy Dock Dual-Bay 2.5” Drive Backplane with Slim Optical Drive Slot Announced

Icy Dock has announced the MB994IPO-3SB, a dual-bay SATA/SAS mobile rack backplane with a slim optical disk drive (ODD) slot, for use in a single 5.25" device bay. Dual 4-pin power connectors support low-power SATA SSDs or more demanding 15000 RPM SAS hard drives.

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by Josh Linden

Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 4 in 1 SATA Backplane Review

The MB994SP-4SB-1 is Icy Dock’s latest quad-bay 5.25” bay RAID cage, successor to the MB994SP-4S we reviewed. The backplane hosts up to four 2.5" 6Gbps SATA drives and provides SATA connectivity. The MB994SP-4SB-1 represents an evolution of previous Icy Dock designs, adding a fan power switch to provide more cooling flexibility in environments that use both hard drives and SSDs as well as dropping the power input to a single connection.

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by Josh Linden

Icy Dock Announces MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure

Icy Dock’s new MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard 3.5” drive enclosure is engineered for maximum cooling. The Blizzard integrates an 80mm fan to cool all sides of the hard drive and create consistent airflow from the front to the back of the enclosure.

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by Josh Linden

WiebeTech ToughTech Secure mini-Q Review

WiebeTech’s ToughTech Secure mini-Q offers 128bit or 256bit encryption in a portable 2.5” SATA enclosure that uses key fobs to grant access to encrypted volumes, avoiding common social hacks that can compromise passphrase-based encryption. The mini-Q provides whole disk encryption to protects the entire drive, including boot sector, file allocation tables, and swap files.

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by Josh Linden

Western Digital My Net N900 Review

Western Digital has just announced its first line of consumer networking products, the My Net family. WD provided us with a My Net N900 wireless router, effectively the top-of-the-line until the arrival of the My Net N900 Central with integrated storage next quarter. Our first impression is that the My Net series adds a few distinctive WD touches to the typical home router concept, so it will be interesting to see how a storage company with an established consumer brand will continue to make room for itself in the consumer networking market.

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by Josh Linden

LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series Review

The migration from eSATA to Thunderbolt means that manufacturers have an opportunity to provide transitional devices offering the higher performance of Thunderbolt while protecting their customers’ investments in eSATA-connected storage. StorageReview first saw LaCie’s eSATA Hub demonstrated in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Now that it is widely available, we’ve had a chance to work with the hub ourselves to see how practical it will be for users who need to maintain eSATA connectivity during the switchover to Thunderbolt.

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by Kevin OBrien

StorageReview Test Lab: Apple Mac Mini

StorageReview has added a new Mac Mini to our test lab for enhanced compatibility testing for 2.5" consumer SSDs and benchmarking new Thunderbolt storage solutions. While most SSD buyers are Windows users, there is still a strong base of Mac owners who want to ensure an SSD is compatible with their system before going through the agony of upgrading and finding out the hard way that the drive either doesn't work, or performs at a level that is not expected. StorageReview will be including Mac-based benchmarks on all client SSDs going forward using this platform. On the Thunderbolt side, site editors felt it was important to have a stable and consistent platform for testing, with the same rigor we apply to other reviews. 

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by Mike Kowalski

Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy Review (MB971SP-B)

Announced earlier this month, the Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy gives buyers an easy solution to connect any size of hard drive or SSD into their desktop computer. Offering twin hot-swap bays, the DuoSwap Caddy supports both 3.5-inch hard drives, as well as 2.5-inch hard drives or SSDs that are 9.5mm tall. In this review we go through the features and see how well this caddy holds up in the StorageReview lab.

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by Brian Beeler

Icy Dock DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy Released

Icy Dock has added another drive adaptor to their extensive lineup of hard drive and SSD kits, the DuoSwap 2.5"/3.5" SATA Hot Swap Drive Caddy (MB971SP-B). The DuoSwap gives users the flexibility to mount both a 2.5" and 3.5" drive simultaneously in a 5.25" bay within a desktop.

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